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 Acting Chairman Hart Announces Slight Drop in 2013 Transportation Fatalities in Most Categories; Rail Deaths Rise

Washington - Transportation fatalities in the United States decreased by 3 percent in 2013 from 2012, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board.
 
Fatalities in all modes of transportation totaled 34,678 in 2013, compared with 35,796 in 2012. Deaths in marine, aviation, highway and pipeline transportation decreased, although there was a rise in rail deaths.
 
"While this decrease represents a good trend, much more work needs to done, because 35,000 deaths is very troubling," said NTSB Acting Chairman Hart. "NTSB continues to address safety issues in all modes to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads, rails and waterways, as well as in our skies."
 
The 2013 statistics show:
 
·         U. S. roadway deaths, which account for nearly 94 percent of all transportation deaths, decreased from 33,782 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013.  Fatalities on buses were up from 39 in 2012 to 48 in 2013.
·         Railroad deaths increased 6 percent from 840 to 891. The vast majority of these fatalities continue to be trespassers struck by trains.
·         Aviation deaths decreased from 451 to 443. Nearly 87 percent of aviation fatalities occurred in general aviation accidents (387), a decrease from the previous year (440). In 2013, air taxi fatalities increased significantly from nine in 2012 to 27.
·         Marine deaths also dropped in 2013, from 711 to 615. The vast majority of the fatalities, (560), occurred in recreational boating which also decreased.
 
Aviation statistics are tracked and compiled by the NTSB. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides marine statistics, and the U.S. Department of Transportation provides statistics for all other modes.​
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Statistical Tables

 
 
 
 
2012
2013
(footnote 1)
Highway:
Passenger cars
 
12,361
11,977
 
Light trucks and vans
 
9,418
9,155
 
Pedestrians
 
4,818
4,735
 
Motorcycles
 
4,986
4,668
 
Pedalcycles (footnote 2)
 
734
743
 
Medium and heavy trucks
 
697
691
 
Buses
 
39
48
 
Other (footnote 3)
 
729
702
 
Total, Highway
 
33,782
32,719
 
 
 
 
 
Grade Crossings:
(footnote 4)
 
 
 
 
 
(230)
 
 
(231)
 
 
 
 
 
Rail:
Intercity (footnote 5)
 
 
 
 
   Trespassers and nontrespassers6
 
490
520
 
   Employees and contractors
 
19
20
 
   Passengers
 
5
6
 
Transit (footnote 7)
 
 
 
 
Light, heavy, and commuter rail
 
326
345
 
Total, Rail
 
840
891
 
 
 
 
 
Marine:
Recreational boating
 
651
560
 
Cargo transport
 
9
13
 
Commercial fishing (footnote 8)
 
34
24
 
Commercial passengers
 
17
18
 
Total, Marine
 
711
615
 
 
 
 
 
Aviation:
General aviation
 
440
387
 
Airlines
 
0
9
 
Air taxi
 
9
27
 
Commuter
 
0
6
 
Foreign/unregistered (footnote 9)
 
2
14
 
Total, Aviation
 
451
443
 
 
 
 
 
Pipeline:
Gas
 
9
9
 
Liquids
 
3
1
 
Total, Pipeline
 
12
10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
35,796
34,678
1 Numbers for 2013 are preliminary estimates. Aviation data are from the NTSB; marine data are from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security; all other data are from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
2 Includes bicycles or other cycles.
3 Includes vehicle non-occupants other than pedestrians and occupant fatalities in other vehicle types, such as farm or construction equipment.
4 Grade crossing fatalities are not counted as a separate category for determining the grand total because they are included in the highway and rail categories, as appropriate.
5 Data reported to Federal Rail Administration (FRA).
6 Includes persons on railroad property without permission (trespassers) and with permission, such as repair personnel (nontrespassers). Does not include motor vehicle occupants killed at grade crossings.
7 Data reported to Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Fatalities for commuter rail operations may also be reported to the FRA and may be included in the intercity railroad fatalities.
8 Refers to operational fatalities.
9 Includes non-U.S. registered aircraft involved in accidents in the United States.
 
 

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